Some of you might have noticed it’s been a while since I have posted anything on the blog. It’s been a really busy past couple of weeks! I have so much to write about but I am going to start with the most exciting news.
April 7 my sister came from Virginia all the way up to the Yukon to be with me and my family as we waited for my 4th child to be born. At this point I was 39 weeks pregnant and just very thankful that she made it before baby was born.
I have a history of very fast labours. My first was 6 hours, my second was 4 hours and my third was 2 hours. We had no idea what to expect with this one but were definitely preparing for another very fast labour and delivery.
We had a blast with my sister as we waited for baby. We went for a long walk everyday. We went swimming. We exercised together (yes, I was still working out at this point!). We cooked lots of freezer meals. We got caught up on laundry. We even did the labour dance (google it- it’s lots of fun!).
My due date came and went. I really didn’t mind being pregnant past my due date as I was still fairly comfortable. But with my sister’s departure nearing we were all starting to worry that baby wouldn’t come before she left.
I had been experiencing irregular contractions for weeks so each night when they would come I wouldn’t really put much hope into it. They always went away when I went to sleep.
All day on April 17 I was having strong contractions but they were staying 20 minutes apart. They were, however, getting more and more painful. I really got my hopes up this time. But then when I laid down for a nap in the afternoon they were gone. So disappointing.
That night we went on our regular walk and I got one strong contraction but that was it. I wasn’t expecting anything to happen that night.
But I woke up around 2:30 am on April 18 with painful contractions. But they were only lasting 30 seconds. I thought for sure if they were real contractions they’d last longer than that. They started to fizzle (like usual) so I went back to bed.
By 4 am I was awake again and this time they were even more intense. They were so painful but still only lasting 30 seconds. I kept telling my husband I wasn’t convinced it was time because I thought for sure they should be lasting longer than 30 seconds.
But when they were coming less than 2 minutes apart we knew we had to get in to the hospital.
We woke up my sister and all three of my kids, loaded up the van and headed to the hospital.
Between contractions I was perfectly fine. It was really crazy. I was talking normal, laughing, smiling, then a contraction would come and I’d be still and quiet breathing it out for 30 seconds.
When I got checked at the hospital it was 5 am and I was 7 cm dilated. This meant I was for sure in active labour. My kids, still in their pajamas, all sat on the couch and quietly observed. They did awesome.
The delivery room was so peaceful. The nurse and doctor spoke in quiet, calm tones. The lights were dim. The kids were quiet. I labour quietly so this just made it such a great experience.
Around 6 am the doctor asked if I’d like my water to be broken. There was no reason not to so we decided to go with her suggestion. I am unsure of the exact time when my water was broken but it was only 3 or 4 contractions later that I felt like I was ready to push.
Within just a few pushes baby was born. 6:27 am. Just 2 1/2 hours after labour had begun my son, Rocky, was born.
He was so calm, just like the atmosphere he was born into. He didn’t cry. They kept checking him, trying to get him to cry. They got one cry out of him but then he just went back to his super calm self and laid on my chest looking around. They kept checking him, expecting him to be crying but he didn’t want to cry. He was perfectly content.
His brother and sisters stayed very very near as I got the one hour of skin to skin time with him.
I cannot express how amazing this labour was. Yes, it was painful. But it was amazing. My sister got to be there. My kids watched their brother being born. The nurse and doctor let me be in control at all times. They let me do what was comfortable for me. It was so amazing.
We spent the day adoring Rocky, of course. Everyone got to hold him. Pictures were sent to the grandparents and aunts and uncles all so far away.
I asked if I could go home since Rocky and I were both doing so well. So, 12 hours after rushing to the hospital we were bundling up the baby and bringing him home. We were home by supper time.
It took me a little bit to process that. I just couldn’t believe that morning I woke up thinking I might be in labour and then here I am bringing my baby home and putting him in his crib that night.
Every day Rocky continues to amaze me, of course. He is so calm. Just like the day he was born he cries very little and loves looking around. He loves laying near the window and looking out. He loves watching his older siblings. He loves watching me talk. He’s just a very observant guy. Anyway, I could go on forever about him.
My recovery has been amazing. My sister was here for the first 3 days of recovery then went back home to Virginia. She didn’t let me do anything so that really helped speed up my recovery. But I have to mention that I exercised throughout my entire pregnancy and I KNOW that made a huge difference not only in an easy delivery but also a quick recovery. And that was the whole point. That’s what motivated me all pregnancy to workout. I am so happy to see the benefits of that.
Okay, so that’s my birth story!
I have a lot to share about the past couple weeks- freezer meals, photo shoots, packing up the house, etc. With the new baby posts may be a little more spread out but they will still be coming. So keep checking back! Of course if you haven’t signed up for the newsletter you can do that below to stay updated about new posts and get access to all my free printables.
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